The Warrior symbol featured strongly in the Mississippian culture. They were a warlike people and this is indicated by the image. In his hand he holds a war club which was a bludgeoning weapon and in his topknot is another motif which reflects more weaponry.
This symbol makes it clear that this person is not a deity as he is wearing the ‘Forked Eye’ surround motif indicating his residence on Earth between the Upper world and the Underworld. The Warrior created a powerful, intimidating figure immediately associated with warfare. The Warrior symbol picture clearly shows that he carries a severed head. The severed head proves his prowess as a warrior. The warriors cut off the heads of their enemies as a trophy of their success. Many severed heads of enemies were displayed on 40 foot wooden pools during their Chunkey games.